starters (les entrées)

Salade Niçoise (à ma façon)

May 18th, 2014

nicoise 3
a dream kitchen, a village in Provence, and a favorite salad  

Salade Niçoise (à ma façon)
(salad Niçoise my may)

There was a photograph of a kitchen on Instagram which gathered several “likes” and one person commented, “my dream kitchen.” It made me think. What is my “dream” kitchen?” Do I have one? What would be in it?  The topic is hardly unique. Elizabeth David wrote an article about the same thing but I believe the discussion was prompted by magazine competitions, not an Instagram photo. Times are different but the question is still fun.

Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

green vegetable and lentil soup

January 13th, 2014

chef morgan

New Year, Detox You

green vegetable and lentil soup

This week’s green vegetable and lentil soup, with only 254 healthy calories, is the perfect way to undo the indulgences of the holidays and start 2014 off right. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

carrot soufflé

November 7th, 2013

chef morgan

making carrots count and thank you chef Trotter

recipe: carrot soufflé

This week we bring to the table another side for Thanksgiving: carrot soufflé. I wrote this recipe long ago and have used it for various occasions and events. While it was inspired by a visit to Paris in my twenties, I dedicate it to chef Charlie Trotter who left us this week. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

Belgium endive chopped salad with blue cheese honey dressing

October 28th, 2013

chef morgan chopped salad

“white gold” with autumn accessories  

Belgium endive chopped salad with blue cheese honey dressing

Quoi de Neuf  (What’s happening) this week other than Halloween?

Well, the word on the streets of Paris and Los Angeles are entertaining as they are different. In Paris, the taxi cab drivers are allegedly trying to run Uber out of the City of Light. In turn, there is a petition being circulated to keep Uber in the city. It is all so very French.  Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

quinoa risotto with mushrooms

October 18th, 2013

chef morgan

close to nature: a two-starred Michelin restaurant; a Parisien canary; and a “super food”
quinoa risotto with mushrooms

At summer’s end, when we return from France, there seems to be some sort of an animal dilemma in our Los Angeles de facto farm. Last year it was the mean chicken scenario in the coup and the surprise male rabbit situation which necessitated an immediate trip to the veterinarian for Mister Snowy. 

This summer it was the finch.

Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

panzanella

September 13th, 2013

chef morgan mail

this is farm to table: preparing food in the middle of a farm

panzanella

This week I did something I have never done: I gave a cooking demonstration in the middle of a farm field. McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo, California was the farm.

chef morgan mcgrath family farm

Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

Paris day trip: Versailles and le potage du roi

July 19th, 2013

chef morgan

 

Paris Day Trip: Versailles et Le Potage du Roi

white peach and haricots verts salad with fresh chives  

My quest to see a kitchen garden built for a king and my daughters’ desire to see where Marie Antoinette lived led us to Versailles. We came home with white peaches and our day trip inspired this week’s post and the recipe: white peach and haricots verts salad with fresh chives.

Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

summer vegetable tart à la Provençal

July 12th, 2013

 chef morgan 1

a good summer’s day
summer vegetable tart à la Provençal

Some days everything just seems to go right. The weather is perfect. I did not step in a gift from a neighbor’s dog nor did I walk a piece of furniture down the rue to my apartment. The children are not fighting. Beyond the domestic bliss and no more juin gloom, the little things that in France I have come to expect to test my patience actually fell into place. I felt this moment should be recorded. 

chef morgan Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

bresaola and radish summer salad

June 13th, 2013

 

chef morgan bressola

déjeuner and dash

bresaola and radish summer salad 

My local market. One of my favorite vegetable growers and only minutes for lunch inspired this simple pleasure: bresaola and radish summer salad.   Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly
 

summer truffled vichyssoise

June 5th, 2013

DSC00530

goût de luxe

fancy enough for a ladies’ lunch
simple enough for a school night
perfect for summer

summer truffled vichyssoise

I was down to my last teaspoons of truffled salt. It was a shocking realization because I buy it by the carton as there are few things that can fancy up common, everyday foods the way a little sea salt infused with truffles can. Eggs, popcorn, risotto, even  creamy butter to spread on your favorite toast … Voila ! Instant special. Instant gratification. I searched my nearly empty refrigerator for anything fresh. It was the few remaining vegetables in my refrigerator before my departure and the desire to use this last bit of truffled salt which inspired this week’s simple pleasure: summer truffled vichyssoise.

Read the rest of this entry »

Print Friendly